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Old 09-21-2009, 08:14 PM   #15
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Take the w/d bars off before you back. Have your wife watch the back bumper of the trailer to make sure it does not dig into the asphalt. If it does, you may even need to have a larger drop hitch just for backing in the drive. My wife was so busy looking out for the trees the first time I backed my 31 into my uphill drive, I left 15 foot gouges in the drive before I stopped listening to her telling me everything was alright. You could also throw some 2 by 12 planks in the low spot next to the curb, if you do not want to change hitches. I carry an extra 6 inch drop hitch in the back of the truck, which has proved useful in some state parks.

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Old 09-21-2009, 09:47 PM   #16
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Put a hitch on the front of your tow vehicle and...

The Prev Owner of my Airstream lives in the mountains and has a curvy-steep driveway. He put a hitch on the front of his truck and pushed the Airstream up into its parking area. Would have been an impossible backing job (in my opinion). Might work as a solution for your driveway too. ???

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Old 09-22-2009, 05:23 AM   #17

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Thumbs up Robertsunrus....

So you think yours is a challange......

Thought Bob would be here by now to offer his advise, he would be the real expert.
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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #18
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That place is lovely.I think you are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. That is not steep. Your TV should have no problem.
Just take it slow,don't let anyone rush ya. Invest in a couple of those GMRS two way radios, use a helper, they are cheap and will save ya from denting your AS like I did (I still cry when I look at it) . GO SLOW till ya get the hang of it.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:19 AM   #19
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It's just another little challenge

Thanks for the empathy and compliments. I don't have nerves of steel I just view it as one more little challenge/problem to be solved. It's not rocket science - the trick is to take as much time as is needed and get out of the truck and look as many times as I need to - even if I'm blocking the street. And when they see it's a woman driving, anybody I'm holding up is sympathetic - or maybe they are just sympathetic because they are glad they aren't doing it. Once I'd done it I had confidence that I could do it successfully and confidence helps a lot - not over confidence mind you - just knowing that I can do it with a minimum of fuss and feathers.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:28 AM   #20
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Here's what I get to deal with. My road is 10 feet wide with trees on both sides for 1/4 mile, before I get to what you see in the picture. I have to turn the whole rig around in my neighbors driveway and then back up a short, steep hill for about 100', then go forward 300', and finally back it up into our driveway as seen here. The first time it took about 1-1/2 hours. The second time, about ten minutes. Experience is a great teacher!
Yours looks like a super highway to me.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:56 PM   #21
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Wow Rich, thanks, I certainly have nothing to complain about! You definitely win the 'you can do it' award (although there were some close seconds).
One last camping trip in the pop-up then it's going on the market. We're looking at the 25FB flying cloud and I can't wait.
Thanks again everyone.
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:36 PM   #22
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Good luck with your AS purchase, you must be very excited. Going from a popup to an AS is quite the transition! I just got my first AS about 6 weeks ago ('75 Tradewind) and I'm also very excited to now have an AS.

My guess is your new AS will be easier to maneuver than your popup. Typically the shorter the trailer and tow vehicle the harder it is to maneuver. At least thats been my experience (5' utility trailer, 17' TT, 23' TT, 25' AS) and I would gladly backup any of my campers before having to backup my utility trailer! Just have someone keep an eye on the back of the AS as even a slight bump in an AS could have catastrophic results.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:03 AM   #23
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Twisting things up a bit..

Mine certainly is not as tough as Rich's driveway situation but a bit steep..
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:34 AM   #24
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I agree with everyone else - You have experience backing so that should not be a problem. Definately remove the sway bars, hard to back up an incline with them attached. Move the mail box and most important GO SLOW.


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